Government liquor stores release Bordeaux

B.C. Liquor Stores hold its annual release of Bordeaux wines Saturday

One of the year’s biggest events for wine lovers is happening Saturday when B.C. Liquor Stores hold its annual release of Bordeaux wines.

Consumers bought almost $2.5-million worth of Bordeaux wines in just two days at last year’s release to stake their claim on wine from one of the world’s most famous wine-producing regions.

This year’s release will unveil more than 1,700 cases of the 2013 vintage to the public. And while people usually associate Bordeaux with red wine, this year the white Bordeaux takes centre stage.

The annual release will be available at 13 Signature B.C. Liquor Stores around the province. Many of the wines have bottle limits, so customers are advised to shop early to avoid disappointment.

A bonus for those who are eager to try out their purchases is that many 2013s will be ready to drink sooner than most years.

“Bordeaux release day is one of the most exciting times in the work calendar and is the kickoff to our busiest season,” said Barbara Philip, category manager for B.C. Liquor Stores.

“The 2013 vintage is interesting and, in many ways, plays to those wine drinkers who have been craving Bordeaux with a more classic profile. Cooler,  wetter weather has produced red wines that are medium-bodied with  red fruit, rather than black, and a minerally finesse on the  palate.”

Philip said the 2013 vintage boasts of spectacular white wines.

“This year’s vintage has something for everyone,” she said.

“This offering is small but exciting, featuring a vintage that shows  regional character and speaks strongly to the natural conditions of  the year.”